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between japan and south korea. ties between the neighbors have been strained because of a dispute over the takishima islands, which are claimed by japan. he met on tuesday with his special envoy to south korea. . he told them the country is one of japan's most important neighbors and that they share the values of upholding democracy. and market economics. abe said he hopes japan and south korea will make a fresh start through the launch of their new governments. the prime minister took power last month. he will soon relay the message to the incoming administration. >> translator: i will convey the prime minister's message and would like to create an environment in which the two nations can iron out differences to improve bilateral ties. >> nukaga is scheduled to travel to seoul later this week. >>> prime minister abe was among many who offered new year's greetings to japan's emperor and empress. the imperial couple attended an annual ceremony with senior diplomats. the gathering happened in tokyo at the imperial palace. the emperor said in his message that he prays for the prosperity o
introduced last year, including vehicles by south korea's kindai. they recently began shipping cars from the u.s. to south korea. our free trade agreement between the countries have slashed terrorist. >> honda and other japanese automakers have also increased ship makers from the u.s. to south korea. south korea is continuing to buy cars for their friendly technology. and that's the news on business. here's a check on markets. >>> part of a rocket launched by north korea in december made by china could influence the u.n. security council's discussion. south korea's military has analyzed debris from the rocket salvage from the yellow sea, including a first stage fuel tank. sources say some of the debris appears to be from china and other foreign countries. they banned other countries from exporting missile parts to north korea. many countries view the launch as a test of the long-range missile technology. china has traditionally defended the north at the council. >>> thousands of defectors living in seoul have been compromised. they have arrested the man they suspect as leaking the inform
's closest neighbor, south korea. the two countries are locked over disputes over the sea of japan. he told a group of lawmakers that tokyo and seoul should work towards peace and stability in the region. abe met the union members on wednesday. the delegation is headed by the chairperson of south korea's ruling party. >> translator: i believe we can contribute to the development of asia by working for peace and stability of the region and pursing economic development. >> abe called on the lawmakers to work on improving relations between the two countries which had been damaged over the dispute of the islands. south korea claims that japan owns them. and working closely with japan on regional security which recently conducted a missile launch. it's important that the two countries work together to build trust but japan must face up to the two country's shared history. >>> u.s. led forces may be winding down their operations in afghanistan but pilots are still flying. last year they used thousands of bombs and missiles. spokespersons for the multinational forces say fighter jets and helicopte
of the revolution. police fight with protesters overnight. talking tough. north korea threatened to attack south korea because of u.n. sanctions. french forces stepped up their offensive against rebels in mali. we are on patrol with them in the north. plus, why young people in cuba are playing with the idea of making music their career. we are getting reports of iraq that least five protesters have been killed in scuffles between the army and worshippers near the city of fallujah. thousands have been protesting for more than a month against the prime minister's government. they say the government promotes sectarian policies that discriminate against them. the latest violence began after the police. -- block protesters from entering the city. >> which call upon the army -- we call upon the army affiliated with iraq. if it is only loyal to the muslim nation and only belongs to the good land of iraq, to open the way for the scholars and people to give in to the city. they are not allowed to get in right now. the army has to be loyal to iraq. >> let's take some live pictures coming in from fallujah.
minister expressing the wish. park said south korea and japan need each other in many ways. she said she hopes to work on reconciliation and cooperation while facing issues related to their common history. >> translator: we confirmed our shared view that we should improve ties from a broad perspective, even though there are several outstanding bilateral issues. >>> south korean president lee myung-bak visited disputed islands in the sea of japan last august. japan claims the islands which are controlled by south korea, the visit angered many japanese and inflamed emotions in south korea. >>> as japanese politicians try to repair relations with their counterparts in south korea, a legal case is presenting yet another challenge. a chinese man accused of committing a crime in tokyo has returned home after a south korean court denied an extradition request by japan. liu qiang is suspected of setting a fire at the yasukuni shrine. liu served a ten-month prison sentence in south korea in connection with another case. he threw molotov cocktails at the japanese embassy in seoul. they believe he
/yen, 113.92-97. >>> looking at other markets in the asia pacific, south korea's kospi is trading modestly higher. 1,999 at the moment. let's take a look at australia. the benchmark index is trading higher by .4%. 4,710. >>> well, the world's largest consumer electronics show has opened in las vegas. crowds are gathering around ultra high-definition tvs. >> welcome to las vegas. >> more than 3,000 companies are showcasing their latest products at the consumer electronics show. they're shoelg off 4k tvs. the screens have four times the resolution of conventional high definition images. south korea's samsung electronics is the world's largest tv maker. people there have unveiled 85-inch and even 110-inch models. their tvs provide smooth streaming of online videos and voice-operated channel selection. sony has been selling 4k tvs since last year. the japanese electronics maker is the first to showcase a model with a 56-inch organic light-emitting diode screen. japanese electronics makers have been trying to launch 4k tvs ahead of their competitors. they want to turn around their struggling tv
. >>> >>> south korea has been very much in the news recently from its cutting-edge industry to its dance-craze music. but there is a dark side to the story. south korea has the highest suicide rate among all countries. elderly people, 65 and older account for a, because they are suffering from social isolation and poverty in the shadows of south korea's high economic growth. we have more from seoul. >> reporter: the han river flows through central seoul. it used to be the symbol of south korea's economic growth. but now it's better known for its many suicides. in the past five years, over 900 people have tried to kill themselves by jumping into the han. in 2011, 108 people have jumped from this bridge. warning messages have been posted on the guard rails to discourage potential jumpers. the signs were proposed by psychologists and other experts and extend for more than one kilometer. a telephone hotline was installed on the bridge in 2011. [ phone ringing ] >> reporter: the calls go to a social welfare organization in seoul. counselors are on hand 24 hours a day to discourage people from
to improve relations with south korea appear the messages more conciliatory than recent years. >> this year, the entire nation should unite in opening in new chapter to reunite our fatherland. >> he did not denounce the presence of u.s. military troops in south korea. he did not criticize conservative groups in south korea. the studio had been elements in recent editorials. but the softer turn may be driven more by economics than anything else. >> better relations of any country is driven by money. they always make improvement of relations conditioned on aid and other financial support. >> south korea's official position is of the speech offered nothing by way of policy. still, the president-elect has indicated that she is willing to take a less hard-line approach. that could mean the start of a new era in injured-korean relations. -- in inter-korean relations. >> the speech is a way of asserting himself as leader. >> this is the first time in 19 years that you have the north korean leader talk directly to his people. that is an important sign. it is also a speech that is probably trying to
charges. liftoff -- south korea launches this rocket into space after two previous, high-profile failures. an international donors' conference is underway right now in kuwait, hoping to raise $1.5 billion to fund aid projects for refugees displaced by the continuing conflict. let's go straight to al jazeera 's diplomatic editor, joining us from kuwait. are the pledges coming together? >> the pledges are coming together. we have certainly seen some very large amounts of money coming in, starting with kuwait itself, where this is being held. they pledged 300 million dollars. word is that is also being matched by -- $ 300 million. word is that is also being matched by others. if all the information is true, we are close to the $1 billion mark. add up the other pledges from other nations and some of the you and officials are quite confident it could be close to the figure they are asking for, $1.5 billion that they will need to fund the refugees. those in the neighboring countries around syria and those are in -- that are needing assistance inside syria. that is the heart of the problem. it i
. special representative for north korea policy glyn davies met in seoul with south korea's chief negotiator on the north's nuclear development. after the meeting he called on north korea not to engage in further provocations and to work on ties with the south. >> without sustained improvement in inter-korean relations, u.s./dprk ties cannot fundamentally improve. >> davies says the u.s. and south korea will consider imposing their own sanctions after carrying out the widened u.n. sanctions against the north over its rocket launch. he will be visiting china on friday and then will head to japan to coordinate policy on north korea. >>> all of the players in this high-stakes game have seen the north koreans turn words into actions before. hiroki iwojima has been covering the korean peninsula for years. hiroki, is north korea in a position to conduct a nuclear test? >> this announcement came from the national defense commission, which often doesn't make statements. we can see these as a final warning. the nuclear analyst tells nhk that north korean scientists are ready to go. he says there are
fell .39% from wednesday's 20-month closing high. south korea's kospi was down and investor sentiment was weakened by u.s. economic data. we'll look at currencies, the dollar is trading tight against the yen. market players are refraining from opening new positions ahead of friday's u.s. key economic data. dollar/yen 91.02-03. the your owe trading slightly higher against the yen. that's on receding worries about the debt situation in europe. euro/yen 123.35-40. >>> british prime minister david cameron says authorities must use every means possible to fight terrorism. cameron traveled to algeria, the site of the hostage crisis earlier this month. he and prime minister abdelmalek sellal announced an agreement to tighten security. >> what i want to do is work with the algerian government and with other governments in the region to make sure that we do everything we can to combat terrorism in a way that is both tough and intelligent and uses everything we have at our disposal, which will make them safer and make us safer, make the world safer. >> the leaders met two weeks after the hostag
resolve to set an inflation target of 2%. >>> well, business leaders from japan, china and south korea gathered in seoul has the three nations are about to start negotiations for a free trade deal. the meeting on thursday was organized by a seoul based secretary yacht that enhanced cooperation. several government officials and business people attended. >> translator: closer business ties will have a positive impact on the three nations politics and diplomatic relations. >> translator: we hope the business people gathered here will become the cornerstone for goodwill among the three nations through their strong friendship. >> jan japan, china and south korea declared last november they will begin talks for a free trade agreement working level negotiations are expected to start in the first half of this year. this participants echoed the view and voiced the importance of private sector corporation for better diplomatic relations. >>> all right. that's going to do it for biz tonight. let's get you another check now of the markets. >>> government officials in japan have spent a lot of time
. park said south korea and japan need each other in many ways and hopes to work on reconciliation and cooperation. while facing issues related to common history. >> translator: we confirmed our shared views, although there are several outstanding issues. >> the disputed islands were visited last august. the takeshima island visit angered many japanese and inflamed emotions in south korea. >>> as japanese politicians try to repair relations with their counterparts, a legal case is presenting yet another challenge. a chinese man accused of committing a crime in tokyo has returned home after a south korean court denied an extradition request by japan. the man is suspected of setting a fire at a shrine. he served a ten-month prison sentence in south korea in connection with another case. he threw molotov cocktails at the japanese embassy in seoul in january of last year. authorities in japan believe he set fire to a gate at the shrine in 2011. the shrine honors war dead, including convicted japanese war criminals. the authority demanded extradition based on a bilateral treaty. a sout
added that south korea is open to dialogue with the north, including humanitarian assistance. zhang voiced hope that ties will further improve under the new leaderships in both countries. zhang also referred to discussions at the u.n. security council on north korea's recent rocket launch. he said china is opposed to sanctions to the north proposed by the united states and south korea. >> japanese prime minister abe has suggested that his government may consider introducing more nuclear power and even allowing the construction of new facilities. the first package will be worth about $120 billion. the funds will be allocated to three areas. more than $40 billion will go to post disaster rebuilding. these will include repairing infrastructure. about $20 billion will be spent on measures to ensure security for people's daily lives and to revitalize local communities. along with this will come s subsidies of 16 billion dollar. about $35 billion will be spent on boosting growth to achieve wealth creation. this is the second time since the collapse of lehman brothers that the japanese hav
cautious approach in dealing with sensitive issues with their neighbors, especially south korea. >> i think the administration and many strong supporters of the u.s./japan alliance are worried about what would happen politically if the statement were revised or that pandora's box were opened. i think it would be used by the opponents of the stronger u.s./japan alliance to criticize the abe administration or use china to isolate japan. >> kono issued the statement in 1993 when he was japan's chief cabinet secretary. it apologized to so-called comfort women in south korea and other countries. many of the women were called in to provide sexual services for japanese soldiers during world war ii. the issue has kept japan and south korea at arm's length for years. >> what people in japan have to appreciate is korea is an important ally. when japan/korea relations are bad, we suffer. it only complicates our ability in washington and tokyo to work together with south korea to deal with the two big challenges we have, the rise of china and the north korean nuclear weapons program. >> green said the
's leader is on a visit to south korea. they met with the first woman to be elected president of south korea, park. the two female politicians encourage to do what they can for their respective countries. our seoul bureau chief reports. >> reporter: last year, aung san suu kyi traveled after a long period of house arrest. now since being elected to parliament she's asking her korean colleagues to support myanmar's democratization and the country is still in its infancy. >> we shall be in a better position to help other peoples every where. when we talk about peace and prosperity in our country we're not talking about just for our people, built for human beings the world over. >> reporter: they have similar background. both grew up as the daughters of political leaders in their respective countries and both fathers were assassinated. the president-elect of korea says shelves a strong connection and praises her achievements. >> translator: i admire your long term dedication to the cause of democracy in your country and the sacrifices you have made. i know what life is like when you decide to g
. special representative for north korea policy glyn davis sris met in south with south korean's chief of nuclear development. after the meeting he called on provocations and to work on ties with the south. >> without sustained improvement in interkorean relations, u.s./dprk ties cannot fundamentally improve. >> davies says the u.s. and south korea will consider imposing their own sanctions after carrying out the widened u.n. sanctions against the north's rocket launch. he will be visiting china on friday and then will head to japan to coordinate policy on north korea. >>> all of the players in this high-stakes game have north koreans turn words into actions before. hiroki iwijima has been covering this for years. is the north in position to conduct a nuke year test? >> this came from the national defense commission which often doesn't make statements. we can see these as a final warning. the nuclear analyst tells nhk that north korean scientists are letting it go. they are in a northern area where the previous nuclear test happened. he knows this because it has been used before. but h
. that confirmation comes as no surprise to south korea. the defense ministry debriefing saying that the proportions of the test site in northeastern north korea were now complete. >> we consider north korea is ready to conduct a nuclear test at any time if the leadership decides to go ahead. we are monitoring the north's nuclear test preparations and its military movement based on its defense position. >> the u.s. special representative on north korea policy called on p'yongyang not to carry out a nuclear test. >> it would be highly provocative, it would set back the cause of trying to find a solution to these longstanding problems that have prevented the peninsula from becoming reunited. i think it's important that they do not test. >> davies also used his visit -- the policy that the nuclear test would make harder to fulfil in her first month in office. in the past, north korea has tied such actions around important dates. it is worth noting that the inauguration and the birthday of kim jong il fall in february. harry fawcett, p'yongyang, south korea. >> hong lee has responded to north korea's an
in south korea? >> reporter: rob, here in south korea, there is not panic yet. but there is serious concern. yesterday, it was the u.s. today, north korea directed its threat in this direction. north korea warned there would be, quote, strong, physical countermeasures against south korea if it takes direct part in the tougher u.s.-backed sanctions recently passed at the u.n. and analysts say american intelligence, international agency intelligence, it all concludes that the north koreans' missile capabilities are getting more sophisticated. slowly but surely. and that is a concern to south korea and to the rest of the world. >>> well, gloria, what does all this tell us about the north's new leader, kim jong-un? >> reporter: with a new leader, there's a bit of hope that things will be different. of course, his father, kim jong-il was caught up in a cycle of threats and then tests and talks about denuclearization and walking away from the table. it looks as if kim jong-un, the new leader, is following in his father's footsteps, unfortunately. north korea appears to have turned its back on res
korea's met his south korean counterpart in seoul on thursday. >> thank you so much for waiting. >> we agree that security council on behalf of the entire community must take the appropriate action sooner than later. >> both sides decided to cooperate in rallying support from other countries to urge new sanctions against pyongyang. south korea sits on the security council as a nonpermanent member. he also sought south korea's support for progress in the abduction issue. the japanese government says at least 17 citizens were abducted by agents from north korea during the 1970s and 1980s. >>> chinese people commented online that the editors used the paper to force their frustration. the weekly publication issued a correction on thursday to fix three glitches from the new year's edition. it said standard processes should be corrected and followed every step of the way in editing and publishing. it added that the staff is more aware of this than ever. this is the paper's first printed reference to the dispute. reporters were previously protested the alleged sensorship of its new year's mes
the speech he made, is he trying to reach out to south korea. is he trying to reach out to the west? is it the same old, same old. what do you think? >> well, i am getting mixed messages. this is why we wanted to go and get an on hand assessment. on the one hand, his new year's eve speech talks about a dialog with south korea. and that is good. the new south korean president is ready to engage, and secondly the launches that they have the undertaken are not conducive to six-party talks to the international community feeling comfort with a discussing issues with north korea. it seems that the new leader is trying to strengthen himself domestically with his own people, the fact that the launch a year ago failed, now it succeeded. and so, that stalls things internally and internationally, you know how the north koreans are, they like to send a message, hey, we are around, we are playering, we have nuclear weapons. the international community should pay attention to us. >> when i was was there with you two years ago, almost exactly two years ago, it was a tense time, there was military
trading to be volatile following the government and boj announcement. south korea's kospi flat pretty much. 19 1,9 1,986. we'll see where trading takes us. global unemployment is on the rise. the international labor organization says the number of jobless people increased for the first time in three years as european credit woes continue to weigh on the global economy. officials announce on tuesday that nearly 200 million people worldwide were jobless in 2012. that's an increase of more than 4 million from the previous year. officials say unemployment grew not only in western countries but also in east asia and the middle east. nay say european debt problems affected emerging economies by hurting trade. youth unemployment is also on the rise. people aged 15 to 24 are counted for over a third of the total number. officials are urging governments to boost job training programs for young people. looking ahead officials say global unemployment will continue to rise this year to over 220 million. they site the sluggish global economic recovery as a reason. south korean journalists have voted to
. >>> it has been a long journey but south korea is now a member of the exclusive club of countries that claim successful space launches. they say for the first time, they have sent a satellite into orbit on a domestically built rocket. the rocket carrying the scientific satellite blasted off wednesday from a space center in the country's southwest. >> translator: our scientist and engineers successfully launched the narrow rocket today it blasted off at 4 p.m. and 540 seconds later, sent its scientific satellite into orbit. >> the device will measure ion and radiation levels in space. the success of the tensely awaited launch sent jubilation across the country. south korean space official also been trying to send their own rocket into space with russian technical cooperation for the last 11 years. their two previous attempts ended in failure. analysts say north korea is likely to react sharply to the launch. the north launched what it called a satellite-carrying rock net december. the action drew international criticism amid charges it was a test of ballistic weapons technology. >>> japan's j
with south korea. state-run korean central television broadcast kim's speech for more than 20 minutes. >> translator: what's important is to solve the confrontation between the two koreas. south korea should scrap its anti-north policies and take steps toward reconciliation and unification. >> kim emphasized the recent successful launch of what the north claims is a satellite-carrying rocket. many other countries believe it was actually a test of long-range ballistic missile technology. >> translator: we should use the moment of the launch to open a new era of building a strong economy. this is our slogan for 2013, for the party and the people. we should continue to fly the flag of our military-first policy to boost our military power that will let us defend our safety and sovereignty. >> kim delivered the speech indoors. when applause was heard, the screen switched to a photograph of the building. no audience was shown. north korea's founder kim il sung delivered policy speeches on new year's day during his tenure. but under his successor, kim jong il, the messages appeared as a join
. >>> the team managing the transition of power in south korea has been thrown into disarray. president-elect park geun-hye nominated kim yong joon last week for prime minister, but now he's withdrawn his name. wim served as chief of the constitutional court and he led park's transition team. but allegations surfaced that his two sons were exempted from military service for invalid reasons. and many south koreans have criticized him for his extensive property holdings. kim reportedly apologized to the public and tpark for causi trouble. park will become the country's first female president next month. park has been warning the outgoing president not to abuse his power. but park his lee myung bak has ignored her advice. he pardoned political allies, friends, and others who had been convicted of corruption. park and lee have been rivals since vying for their party's presidential nomination six years ago. president lee pardoned the former head of the korean communications commission and the former national assembly speaker. those were jailed for bribery. and he pardoned a number of others.
for watching. i really appreciate it. >> a seattle man born in south korea is it turning to the internet. >> hopefully find his mother. >> hear why he's got 17 days to track her down and what he'll tell her if he does. >> i would just hug her and just tell her it's okay. >> a boat spins out of control as a chopper pilot spots something nearby. >> this guy's treading water. >> how he was plucked from a deadly whirl pool. and a blogger finds big success with low cut tops. why won't she show her face? >> maybe she's butter face. she's cute, but her face. >> offer you a little lesson in spear fishing off the coast of new zealand. luckily we're getting this lesson first person. we have a camera on the guy diving down. we're also about to get a lesson of another kind. >> oh! p. >> that's a shark. >> that is a shark. ♪ >> this is a lesson in how to kick a shark in the face. >> that guy freaked out and got lucky to kick the shark in the face. >> they say if a shark is near you, fight for your life, get him in the snout, face, eyeball. >> right in the snout. shark is gone. look back down with h
around the world remain grounded. >>> south korea matched its arch rival north korea by launching a satellite in the space. south korea is the fourth largest economy. two previous launches failed and two others were aborted. north korea successfully fired a rocket launch last month. the white house called the launch a cover to test banned missile technology. >>> the state department will hold a welcoming ceremony for john kerry who is confirmed by the senate as the next secretary of state. the vote was 94-3. he could be sworn in as early as friday. no official date has been set. the governor of massachusetts says he will opponent a temporary senator to fill his seat. >>> secretary clinton doesn't see herself getting into politics. she plans to focus on public service, speaking, and writing. she didn't rule out a run for the white house in 2016. whatever her decision he is healthy and ready. >>> later today police and volunteers will pass out crime prevention tips and resources to help business owners avoid scams. in the past, criminals have taken advantage of businesses by asking
statement criticizes south korea for pressing other nations to adopt the u.n. resolution condemning last month's rocket launch. it says sanctions amount to a declaration of war. it warns of what it calls strong physical counter measures if the south koreans participate directly. authorities in pyongyang say there's no more discussions. they added a 1992 joint declaration on that issue is no longer valid. north korea's words and possible actions are raising the heat in east asia along with threatening another nuclear test authorities in the reclusive nation are promising more rocket launches. japanese defense ministry analysts say the north now has a missile that could travel more than 10,000 kilometers, far enough to reach the u.s. west coast. japan and other countries believe they were testing nuclear technology. they believe something went into orbit but doubt it's a functioning satellite. they say they believe the launch involved an upgraded model. they conclude north korea's missile development has entered a new stage, something they are calling a grave concern for global security. >
. yesterday it was the united states, now it is south korea, the second warning in just two days pledging "physical countermeasures" and south korea if it participates in the u.n. sanctions. all of these take its toll on their relationships. their closest ally, china, appears to hint at exasperation. beijing is calling for restraint from north korea, while an editorial in china apostate-run "global times," says that -- in china's state-run of "global times" says there will be consequences. in its claim that aid could be cut if north peraea persists with these tests of nuclear and -- if north korea persist with these tests of nuclear and rocket technology. >> that is right. this is a clear indication of the growing frustration with north korea. the fact that this editorial here in one of the top newspapers in the country passed the government census, that means there is government approval. from beijing point of view, there is growing anger behind the scenes over north korea's actions. you might remember last year, for example, beijing asked north korea not to launch two rockets spirit of
for each battery charge. >>> business leaders from japan, china and south korea gathered in seoul as the three nations are about to start negotiations for a free trade deal. the meeting on thursday was organized by a seoul-based secretariat that enhances trilateral cooperation. about 350 government officials and businesspeople attended. >> translator: closer business ties will have a positive impact on the three nation's politics and diplomatic relations. >> translator: we hope the businesspeople gathered here will become the cornerstone for goodwill among the three nations through their strong friendship. >> japan, china and south korea declared last november that they will begin talks for a free trade agreement. working level negotiations are expected to start in the first half of this year. many participants echoed these views and voiced the importance of closed or private sector cooperation for better diplomatic relations. >>> people in western japan marked wednesday the 18th anniversary of the deadly 1995 earthquake that devastated the area around kobe city. local communities
in south korea rose 1.7% from the 2012 closing. and the main index in singapore gained 1.1%. analysts tell nhk investors can be comparatively optimistic about asian markets this year because china's economy shows signs of picking up and fiscal problems in the u.s. have been averted for now. >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe will face challenges. abe will visit the united states at an early date to meet president obama so he can build a relationship of trust with him. the prime minister wants to confirm with obama that the realignment of u.s. forces in japan should steadily be carried out. japan's participation in u.s.-led negotiations for the transpacific partnership is another controversial issue. the obama administration wants japan to join the talks aimed at creating the free trade zone, but abe's government faces strong opposition from the domestic farm lobby and other groups. these and other pending bilateral questions have led some government officials to call for caution in setting the timing of abe's trip to the united states. >> emerging economic powers still struggling with
. these are the faces of south korea. nhk world updates you on what's happening across the peninsula. >>> south korea and japan have decided its time to talk. the talks are seen as the start of attempts by the country's two new leaders to include frayed relations. during her election campaign puck said she viewed japan as a friendly nation and stressed the need to conclude an economic partnership deal. she stood firm over differences on history and territory issues. the two countries are in dispute over the islands in the sea of japan. they are struggling to reconcile views for women working in brothels. he said his government will cancel a february event marking the country's claim to the islands. park appears to have welcomed that decision. thoo she's expected to sharpen her japan policy. >>> japanese trading houses are part of a new scramble for africa. investment is accelerating in the continents high growth resource rich nations. africa's economy has grown by nearly 6% every years since 200. much of the continent is rich in oil and rare metals. japan doesn't intend to be left behind. the trading
south korea of counter measures if it takes part in u.n. sanctions. >>> a north korean statement criticizes south korea for pressing other nations to adopt the u.n. resolution condemning last month's rocket launch. it says sanctions amount to a declaration of war and warns of what it calls strong physical countermeasures if the south koreans participate in them directly. authorities in pyongyang say there will be no more bilatera discussions on the issue of denuclearization on the korean peninsula. they add a 1992 joint declaration on that issue is no longer valid. north korea's words and possible actions are raising the heat in east asia, along with threatening another nuclear test. authorities in the reclusive nation are promising more rocket launches. japanese defense ministry analysts say the north now have a missing that could travel more than 10,000 kilometers, far enough to reach the u.s. west coast. japan and other countries north korean officials say they used a rocket to put a satellite into orbit but japan and other countries believe they were testing ballistic missile
between those who support assad and those who oppose him. north korea has hit out at south korea over the tightening of u.s. sanctions. they threatened unspecified physical countermeasures if south korea participated in sanctions. a state run chinese newspaper has warned beijing would not hesitate to reduce aid to north korea if it carries out another nuclear test. a judge in america has sentenced a former cia officer to more than two years in prison. he was found guilty of leaking the name of a covert intelligence officer. his supporters argue he was prosecuted for revealing controversial interrogation practices. prosecutors say he was motivated by fame and money. president obama has named a longtime foreign policy aide to be his next white house chief of staff. the president described him as a close friend not afraid to deliver a straight talk. mr. obamas said he played a key role in every national security decision of his administration. in northern mali, islamist militants destroyed when a strategic bridge. it is the bridge that thousands of african troops were planning to use to
. they say cameras can develop alongside smartphones rather than compete with them. >>> south korea's ambassador to the united nations has hinted at the need for action if the north conducts a third nuclear test. he says the threat is real. ambassador kim sook says the north is preparing to carry out another test after many years of development. he suggested that the countries concerned have the resources to respond. >> we have many items in our hands, well not only the republic of korea, but japan, the united states and some items to be included once they cross the line. >> kim says north korea will use its program to arm itself with weapons of mass destruction. he calls the country's nuclear weapons an imminent threat. ambassador kim also says south korea will try to strengthen cooperation with japan. the south assumes the u.n. security council presidency in february. >>> the pakistani teenage girl shot by islamic militants will undergo another operation, this time to restore her hearing in one ear. malala yousafzai was targeted for working to promote the rights of girls to receiv
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